Instructor Jonas Correia ( left) after a Chinese Kickboxing match in Brazil June of 2007
What is Kickboxing?
Kickboxing is a form of martial arts derived from karate. It borrows moves from multiple types of martial arts including full-contact karate, Muay Thai, and boxing.
An experienced instructor leads cardio kickboxing class by demonstrating choreographed movements of punches, kicks, and knee strikes set to fast-paced music. Cardio kickboxing combinations are a mix of punches like:
Lower body movements include:
Kickboxing as self-defense
The reasons why cardio kickboxing can be good for self-defense is because it involves basic striking techniques that you could use in a self-defense situation if your life depended on it. Low-kicking someone in the street can be one of the most useful strikes to deter an attacker.
The benefits of Kickboxing
At a kickboxing class, you can expect a full-body workout that engages every muscle group in your body, with a strong focus on your core. The rapid movements in cardio kickboxing also improve flexibility, balance, and coordination, and can help you build faster reflexes.
Instructor Jonas Correia a mma contest in Edison NJ, 2009.
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Instructor Jonas Correia after a full contact fight in Hollywood CA in 2019.